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actually, exactly, faithfully, plainly, precisely, really, simply, strictly, to the letter, truly, verbatim, word for word  
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1       adv   You can use literally to emphasize a statement. Some careful speakers of English think that this use is incorrect.  
ADV with cl/group (not last in cl), ADV before v     (emphasis)    We've got to get the economy under control or it will literally eat us up..., The views are literally breath-taking.     
2       adv   You use literally to emphasize that what you are saying is true, even though it seems exaggerated or surprising.  
ADV with cl/group (not last in cl), ADV before v     (emphasis)    Putting on an opera is a tremendous enterprise involving literally hundreds of people..., I literally crawled to the car.     
3       adv   If a word or expression is translated literally, its most simple or basic meaning is translated.  
ADV with v, ADV with cl  
The word `volk' translates literally as `folk'..., A stanza is, literally, a room.     
4    If you take something literally, you think that a word or expression is being used with its most simple or basic meaning.  
take sth literally      phrase   V inflects  
If you tell a person to `step on it' or `throw on your coat,' they may take you literally, with disastrous consequences.     

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Lesewut is a German word for "reading craze" (literally) used to describe a specific period in the intellectual history of Germany from the late eighteenth century onward.
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